Inside Track on Music Row: November 2019

MEDIA NEWS:

The Oak Ridge Boys have joined The United States Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Civil Division, AARP, and state law enforcement officials with a national public service announcement and accompanying social media campaign raising awareness of fraud schemes targeting elderly Americans. The Oak Ridge Boys will be part of a series of PSAs to raise awareness about ‘elder fraud’ that costs senior citizens millions of dollars and untold misery every year. Meanwhile, the Oaks’ latest album, Down Home Christmas, was released in October 2019, in time for the Holidays. More at https://www.oakridgeboys.com/

MUSIC NEWS:

Clay Walker has remained one of the most in-demand country artists, since his “What’s It To You” single topped the charts in 1993, but October 25 saw the release of Clay Walker – The Complete Albums 1993-2002, a compilation of 76 songs recorded on Warner Brothers Nashville. Included on the new album are his #1 hits like “What’s It To You,” “Live Until I Die,” “Dreaming With My Eyes Wide Open,” “If I Could Make A Living,” “This Woman And This Man,” “Rumor Has It” and more. Also included are all 11 cuts from his critically-acclaimed holiday album, simply titled Christmas. Full details and tour info at http://claywalker.com/ Walker performed a five-song set of his #1 hits for the attendees at the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) convention in Nashville, before heading to Texas to sing the National Anthem and root for his home team, the Houston Astros, at game six of the World Series.

NATD NEWS:

Shawn Parr (Nash Nights Live) and Stephanie Langston (WKRN News 2) will host The Nashville Association of Talent Directors 9th Annual NATD Honors Gala, November 19, 2019, at the Hermitage Hotel. The board of the Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) has chosen to honor Keith Case, posthumously, at their 9th Annual NATD Honors Gala. The ‘sold out’ event fete honorees that include; Honorees being awarded for their accomplishments and service to the Nashville entertainment industry include: (In-Memoriam) Former CEO of Capitol Christian Music Group Bill Hearn, publishing and radio legend fondly nick-named “the Mayor of Music Row” Charlie Monk, recently retired GM of the Nashville Municipal Auditorium Bob Skoney, head of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp since 1991 Butch Spyridon, receiving the “Colonel Tom Parker Award” legendary music agent Bonnie Sugarman, Premier Global Productions and Country Thunder’s Troy Vollhoffer and the best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time CeCe Winans. The Gala will begin with a reception at 6:00 P.M., followed by dinner and awards ceremony. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit nashvilletalentdirectors.com. NATD was founded in 1958 and professionally represents, directs, and promotes the entertainment industry through its members. More at https://n-a-t-d.com/

NUMBER ONE NEWS:

Cole Swindell was joined by his team at Warner Music Nashville on Oct 28 as they celebrated Cole’s ninth career No. 1 with “Love Too Late.” Five years ago, he released his first self-titled album and has followed up with chart-topping singles that include “Middle of a Memory,” “You Should Be Here,” “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey,” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight.” He has also released a series of Down Home Sessions EPs. Music and tour updates at https://www.coleswindell.com

ORPY NEWS:

It was a sold-out concert at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville for the third annual Dottie West Birthday Bash, sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms and hosted by Country music royalty and fifty-two year member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jeannie Seely. The star-studded event raised over $28,300 in funds for the Nashville Musicians Association with 100% of all money going to the Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund. The evening included a special welcome and introduction by Charlie Monk with a stellar line-up of performances by Bill Anderson and his Po Folks Band, Tim Atwood, John Berry, Buddy Cannon, Melonie Cannon, Michele Capps, Peter Cooper, Danny Davis, Steve Dorff, Erin Enderlin, Tess Frizzell, Jamey Johnson, Jon Randall, John Schneider, Jeannie Seely, Bobby Tomberlin, Dallas Wayne and Kenna West along with special guests and surprises. Additional donations to the Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund can be made at https://www.nashvillemusicians.org/

PERFORMANCE NEWS:

Blackberry Smoke has released a new live performance video of their hit song “One Horse Town”. Originally released in 2012 on the band’s acclaimed album The Whippoorwill, “One Horse Town” is one of Blackberry Smoke’s most popular songs. The performance video comes from the band’s new project Homecoming: Live In Atlanta, a live album and concert film, which will be released on November 15. Recorded at their annual “Brothers and Sisters Holiday Homecoming” show at Atlanta’s Tabernacle last November, both the album and film—directed by Lagan Sebert and Ted Roach—are now available for pre-order.

Over the past six years, Blackberry Smoke has raised more than $350,000 to benefit children’s cancer research through a variety of “Brothers and Sisters” events. The seventh annual “Brothers and Sisters Holiday Homecoming” will once again take place this fall at Atlanta’s Tabernacle on November 29 and 30. Known for their electric live shows, the Atlanta-based band will continue to tour extensively throughout 2019. Pre-order and tour info at https://www.blackberrysmoke.com/

PODCAST NEWS:

The new Country Outdoors Podcast, from the Outdoor Sportsman Group, gives fans a new way to connect with their favorite country music artist by discussing outdoor lifestyle topics. Various artists chat with hosts, Mary O’Neill and Mitch Petrie, about their love of the outdoors, hunting and fishing as well as their music. Recently, Mary and Mitch talk with country star Craig Campbell about the influence that the outdoors has had on his music, how he got discovered in downtown Nashville, his charity cornhole tournament, social media and how he balances everything. Craig talks about growing up in South Georgia and not being able to participate in sports because both his parents worked. Find the podcasts at https://country-outdoors.com/podcasts

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